Explore Cornwall

Cornwall, on the south west tip of the UK, is home to the most southerly point in Britain and the most westerly point in England. Lizard Point is the southern tip of The Lizard Peninsular and the most southern point in the UK. Land’s End to the west of The Lizard is the most western point in England and is 1,249 kms from John O’ Groats, Britain’s most northerly point.

This area of outstanding natural beauty has maintained its wild character and continues to keep itself slightly separate from the rest of England. Taking its name from the original Celtic inhabitants, The Cornovii, and the Anglo Saxon word for foreigners ‘wall’, this area of the UK is like a country all of its own. 

Famous for its sandy beaches and glorious summers, Cornwall makes the perfect place for UK school holidays. Although it tends to get very busy in the half term break, Newquay is still the number one destination for many families visiting Cornwall.

Newquay, like many coastal areas of Cornwall, is a haven for surfers and attracts people from all over the world to sample the Cornish waves. Surfing lessons for beginners, as well as for the more experienced, are available. There are a handful of companies offering this service and most operate through Fistral beach.

While the northern coast of Cornwall is wild and rugged, the southern coast is much calmer. Areas like Looe and Polperro have become a favourite with artists over the years, who gain inspiration from the wild open landscape and the pretty fishing villages.

For many families Cornwall holidays centre around the beach and the delicious Cornish ice-cream, but there is also a vast amount of history packed into this area. Tintagel is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and the walk up to Tintagel Castle is almost as impressive as the ruined castle which greets you at the top. St. Michael’s Mount, a former monastery which was incorporated into a Tudor castle, is a stunning excursion for visitors to the county.

Border Collie Dave Cornwall

Border Collie Dave Cornwall

Cornwall is littered with disused tin mines and other visual memories of its past. Take a trip through Bodmin Moor and onto Jamaica Inn where the darker side of Cornwall’s history comes to life. This legendary hotel was made famous by the writer Daphne Du Maurier in her novel ‘Jamaica Inn’. The Inn famously had connections with well-known smugglers and is said to be the home of a ghost or two today.

Perhaps the most popular attraction in Cornwall is The Eden Project. This hugely successful visitor centre was opened in 2001 and was built in a disused china clay mine. The Eden Project is a botanical garden on a huge scale and includes a Mediterranean biome and a rainforest biome.

Cornwall holidays continue to be an exciting choice for a half term break all year round. Miles of sandy beaches, acres of unspoilt landscape and an abundance of activities, makes Cornwall the perfect destination.

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Hello, I’m Malcolm Oakley, a keen walker, leisure photographer and outdoors blogger. I'm lucky to have lived at the edge of the South Downs National Park, in West Sussex.

Living in Devon I am now walking the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor National Park with my Border Collie 'Dave'.

I hope you enjoy reading about my walks, look forward to reading your comments on the blog posts and YouTube videos. Please do get in touch.
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